Meet Your Mac

Congratulations! By reading this chapter, you’re making an effort to get to know your Mac. This worthwhile endeavor will make you a more effective Mac user. This chapter covers a few different ways of understanding the complex, amazing, and at times confusing, machine that is your Mac.

What’s on the Screen?

Right after you start up your Mac and sign in, the screen displays several important items, laid over the Desktop image. Let’s do a 5-minute meet-and-greet to cover what these items are called and—basically—what you can do with them (Figure 1).

**Figure 1:** When viewing the Mac Desktop, you may see the menu bar at the top, a Finder window, individual file and folder icons, and the Dock.
Figure 1: When viewing the Mac Desktop, you may see the menu bar at the top, a Finder ...

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